Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 30 June, we want to hear from you!

From what speakers or authors are you currently drawing wisdom?  Share your response now.

Top News!

The SDI Coordinating Council roster is changing!

John Pollard, MA, joined the SDI Coordinating Council in 2014, and has faithfully served as Secretary. His wonderful background in Buddhist meditation and holistic training has brought a calm strength to the group. His gifts and insights have been immeasurable and we are thankful for his faithful service.

John’s term on the Coordinating Council will end 30 June.





There are two new members joining the council on 1 July! We would like to welcome Bernadette Miles and Sean Murphy.

Bernadette Miles hails from Victoria, Australia, and has been a member of SDI for over ten years. She trained in spiritual direction and theology after twenty years of computer consulting and business management and has a special interest in formation of apostolic leadership and applying the concepts of Ignatian Spirituality to organizational development. She is co-director at the Kardia formation and training program in Australia.





Sean Murphy is from New Mexico, USA, and has had nearly three decades of formal Zen meditation training, including extended periods of monastic retreat. He’s the author of the American Zen chronicle One Bird, One Stone, which won a 2014 International Book Award. He serves as adjunct professor for University of New Mexico-Taos and is founder of the Sage Institute Meditation Leader Training Program in Taos, New Mexico. He presents widely on matters of meditation, mindfulness, and creativity.





Presence Journal

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Featured Resource

Each month, SDI features a resource you can incorporate into your spiritual care for yourself and others.

  1. Kelly Arrendell and Reverend Rebecca Hamann talk about the value of spiritual care with the homeless and on the margins.

Questions this video addresses:

  1. How is spirituality the great common denominator in us all?
  2. What commonalities can be found in our brokenness?
  3. Explore the benefits and challenges of offering spiritual direction to the homeless community and others on the margins.

Contemplative Learning Opportunity

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and SDI is the place to learn.

Recordings from the 2017 SDI Seeking Connection conference are now available! Learn from the Interfaith Amigos, Renee Thomas-Hill, and workshop presenters through these CDs and DVDs. Discs are available for purchase in the online store today!


Opportunity to Give

Fiscal year-end donation request. Make a tax-deductible general donation today and provide scholarships to people who want to become members but cannot afford it. The fiscal yearend for SDI is 30 June. Your donations help SDI create programs and publications that enliven spiritual direction and connect seekers with spiritual guidance around the world and across traditions.


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 19 June and be entered to win an SDI goodie! The winner* will be notified 20 June and announced in the following month's issue of Discover.

Name any of the current Coordinating Council members. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our May winner was Karen Moore who received the SDI webinar recording of her choice. Congratulations, Karen!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

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